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Lori Vrolson

Executive Director, Central MN Council on Aging, St. Cloud, Minnesota

Mar 032014
 March 3, 2014  Posted by  Other

Older Americans Month 2014 LogoOlder Americans Month is an annual event dating back to 1963, when President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. It was later renamed Older Americans Month, honoring older Americans and celebrating their contributions to our communities and our nation. The national theme for the May 2014 Older Americans Month celebration is Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.

The federal Administration for Community Living provides logos, posters, and sample articles and proclamations for organizations that celebrate Older Americans Month. The Older Americans Month webpage provides theme-based ideas that will be posted in the near future. In the meantime, following are some ways you can get involved!

Jan 302014
 January 30, 2014  Posted by  Aging in Place, Technical Support

Since the 2001 legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature has provided funding each year to the Department of Human Services (DHS) to help communities rebalance their long-term care service delivery system and increase their capacity to help people age 65 and older to stay in their own homes and communities.

These dollars are given out to organizations through the Live Well at Home RFP, formerly known as CS/SD. The purpose of the funding is to expand and integrate home and community-based services for older adults that allow local communities to rebalance their long-term service delivery system, support people in their homes, expand the caregiver support and respite care network and promote independence

Live Well at Home grants help:

  • Persons age 65+ stay in their own homes and communities
  • Improve chronic disease management in Minnesota’s communities
  • Expand long-term care capacity by linking formal and informal long-term care services
  • Support caregivers and promote independence through market-based solutions

Priority areas:

  • Essential Community Supports including caregiver support, chore, homemaker, personal emergency response devices, home delivered meals
  • Core Home and Community-Based Services to cover some fixed costs for small non-profit providers offering essential community supports and additional services but not limited home modification and transportation.  This may include Faith in Action, Living at Home Networks, Congregational Nurse, or similar community-based programs.
  • Chronic Care Management to increase access to evidence-based health promotion and disease management
  • Dementia Capable Health Care Home

Jacqueline Peichel, HCBS Development Lead
Department of Human Services,
Aging and Adult Services Division
PO Box 64976
St. Paul MN 55164-0976
Phone: 651-431-2583

Need help developing your Live Well at Home proposal?
Technical assistance is available from your regional Area Agencies on Aging.

Jan 222014
 January 22, 2014  Posted by  Uncategorized

MGS Annual Conference, April 25th 2014, Earle Brown Heritage Center

The Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS) invites you or someone you know in the field of gerontology to submit a session abstract for the Poster Session at the 2014 Conference. About 250 participants from a wide variety of disciplines typically attend the yearly MGS conference.Continue Reading MGS Call for Poster Submissions

Jul 242012
 July 24, 2012  Posted by  Communication

First Contact participantThe First Contact Pilot Project, operated by the Central Minnesota Council on Aging, expands the role of the Senior LinkAge Line®.  And in the process it strengthens connections among older adults, Chisago County services, and area health care providers.

Phase II of the pilot project began in July 2010, with a focus on expanding the implementation of Revation LinkLive Unified Communications to include Fairview Lakes Hospital discharge planning staff and two Ecumen long-term care facilities, in addition to the original partners of the Senior LinkAge Line® and Chisago County Health and Human Services.

The general principle underlying this strategy is that improved communications technology and processes will increase efficiencies among service providers, streamline access to accurate and timely information, provide speedier access to needed services by older adults and their caregivers, and reduce the likelihood that older adults will spend down their assets on services that exceed their needs.